Scott R. Leah
Scott is a shareholder and experienced litigator who has represented clients in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies.
Scott’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and advising and assisting small and mid-sized businesses, many of them individually or family owned, on the myriad legal issues they face. As a shareholder with the firm, he works closely with those businesses, often becoming a trusted adviser to the business on legal and non-legal matters.
Scott’s practice includes many of the issues that business face today:
- Because collection of accounts receivable is critical to profitability, Scott assists his clients by setting up procedures to ensure that bills get paid. If they don’t get paid, Scott works to help the client collect the money due, including, if necessary, filing lawsuits, garnishing bank accounts and otherwise seizing assets to satisfy the debt.
- Scott advises and represents his clients when disputes arise with vendors, customers, competitors and former employees, such as breach of contract, disparagement, breach of warranty, unfair competition and non-compete and non-solicitation issues.
- Scott assists and advises his clients with general corporate/partnership and shareholder matters and issues.
Because employment issues are so important and a common problem that today’s businesses face, Scott regularly advises employers and, sometimes, employees on:
- Wage and hour (overtime and minimum wage) laws and regulations
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues
- Unemployment compensation claims
- Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Preventing, investigating and handling discrimination (gender, race, age) and harassment claims
- Drafting employee handbooks and policies
- Discipline, termination and discharge of employees
- Hiring and interviewing practices
- Drafting employment contracts
- Drafting non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
- Drafting and negotiating severance agreements
Areas of Practice: Creditors’ Rights, Litigation, Labor & Employment and Medical Marijuana
Articles and Presentations: Scott’s article, “Drafting Non-Competition Agreements”, was published in the American Bar Association – American Law Institute (ABA-ALI) publication The Practical Lawyer.
Scott was on the faculty of the PBI Employment Law Institute West and lectured on the topic, “Litigating the Non Compete/Trade Secrets Case”.
He is the author of regular client alerts on various topics helpful to his clients.
Memberships and Activities: Scott was formerly a member of the Board of Directors for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) Association of Western Pennsylvania and served as an officer of the Western Pennsylvania chapter for six years.
Scott was elected in 2015 to serve a three-year term on the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee, where he helps evaluate and rate attorneys who seek to be elected or appointed to be a judge.
Scott is also a member of the ACBA Special Fee Determination Committee where he helps resolve disputes between attorneys and their clients regarding legal fees.
Scott is also a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
He served for 7 years on the Allegheny County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Council, including 1 year as chair of the section council.
Jurisdictions: In his practice, Scott regularly represents employers in Federal and State Court, in unemployment compensation hearings and before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Education and Background: Scott graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the Student Government Association and the Student Co-Op Board. He was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu honorary social science fraternity.
Scott earned his law degree, with honors, from Duquesne University School of Law and was selected to represent Duquesne at the American Bar Association (ABA) Regional Appellate Moot Court competition.
Following law school, Scott served for four years in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is presently a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.